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Gay Wt's

Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:01:42 -0400 To: From: Pradiip Subject: Gay Wt's Baba "Bhulo kare eso priyo a'ma'r ei kut'ire..." P.S. 1808 Purport: Oh my dearmost Baba, it seems that knowingly You do not want to come in my hut. At least You please come once by mistake. It is true that I do not have any quality or attribution-- nor do I have devotion. Then by which force can I call You. Because to call You and request You to come to my home, for this devotion is needed. And that I do not have. That is why I request You to please come by Your causeless grace. Baba, You know that I am not the ocean of knowledge; nor do I have a huge quantity of intellect. I am completely loaded with imperfections and impurities. Nobody likes to look toward me; everyone avoids me thinking that I am most ordinary type of being. Baba please grace me. Baba, upon You alone I have full faith and trust. You are my hope-- of my hopeless heart You are my colourful dream. My entire longing and my entire thirst and whole love is revolving around You. Baba, You are my everything. Please keep me close or away, it is up to You...
== GAY WT'S ==
Namaskar, Recently, one of our Wt's presided over the marriage of two gay women (i.e. lesbians.) This letter looks at why this worker became entangled in this way.
The most essential point to keep in mind in this type of discussion is that in AM the goal of life is to reach Parama Purusa. There is no secondary aim - no carnal desire that takes precedence. Baba says, "Knowing that eternal Entity, that permanent Entity, [is] the only goal of life, one has to propel all one’s mental propensities towards Him. One must not waste one’s potentialities mistaking the transitory for the eternal." (NSS, Disc: 11) Baba says, "To eat, live and somehow survive is the goal of life for sub-human beings. But for human beings the main jiivanavrtti [driving force in life] is to worship Parama Purus'a, to love Him with their entire being." (DKG) Baba says, "In all the strata the only goal of life, the only culminating point of all the marches is the Supreme Entity." (SS-12) Hence our every action is for reaching Him. That means all our motor and sensory organs must be utlized for something great; we must not let them get enmeshed in crude allurements. That is why in our AM way of life, all our practices from Guru Sakash to bath mantra to sadhana to asana to diet to kiirtan etc, everything from morning till night - even our sleep - is done for realising and serving Him. We should never allow ourselves to be allured by the mundane. Marital relations too are only for serving Him in the form of society building. There is no other aim or lustful desire in mind. In AM sex is solely for procreation. Most understand this well - and of course there are some who may not like to hear this but that is the truth. In AM that is our stand - period. The culminating point that we must return to again and again is that human life is for directing the mind unto Him and becoming one with Parama Purusa. To that end, all one's physical, psychic & spiritual longings must be goaded unto Parama Purusa and not any worldly allurement like crude heterosexual or homosexual dealings.
As Ananda Margiis, we are to have sympathy and concern for those people involved in gay and lesbian relations, after all they are our brothers and sisters. But that sexual indulgence cannot be accepted in AM. Rather with love and affection we are to help cure them of their glandular, psychological, and hormonal defects. Unfortunately, one Dada in AM totally forgot our ideal and he recently married two females (i.e. two lesbians) in a so-called AM wedding ceremony.
The next question at hand is why Dada did it. A few may give some high sounding theories about Dada's open-mindedness and that we will address further down in this letter, but suffice to say here that there is a deeper reason involved. And here it is. In some level of his physical or psychic being, this Dadaji who presided over the gay marriage is also gay himself. After all, prior to 1990, Baba repeatedly pointed out and exposed certain Wts for their homosexual dealings, so it is not like it has not happened before. And at present in our Marga there are gay and lesbian issues within our Wt cadre, both on the Dada's and Didi's side. They may not openly declare themselves as such but they are doing it, either with other workers or with innocent people in society. It happens. And that too must be addressed - they should be cured. But this is the first time that a Dadaji - and a senior one at that - took it upon himself to openly conduct a gay marriage and the reason why he did it is that he himself is indulged in carnal delights. If his mind was fixed on the true goal of life - attaining Parama Purusa - he would never have done such a thing. But living in this worldly abode his mind has taken a turn downward toward the baser allurements of life, like sexual lust and homosexuality. And in the forefront of his mind, he thinks, "What is wrong - this is fine." Such is the delusion that confronts any Dada when they lose their spiritual ideal. We should take pity on him and help lift him up by his bootstraps so he may one day regain his spiritual flow.
Of course on the outside, this Dada will never openly admit he is prone to (homo)sexual thoughts and activity. Rather he will try and take the high road when explaining about why he conducted that gay marriage. For instance he might, give the false justification that marriage is a human right that should be extended to all, irregardless of their sexual orientation. But according to the stand of AM, such a justification falls flat on its face. Crude sexual dealing is not a human right, rather it is the utter degradation of one's human existence. The only acceptable reason for sexual activity is child rearing, there is no other justification. So it is not right to say that two males or two females have the right to marry and indulge when it is biologically impossible for them to reproduce. Just as it is not a human right for a person to degrade themselves with drugs or alcohol, similarly it is not a human right for one to degrade themselves with crude sexual acts like homosexuality etc. None then should be befooled by this false claim that gay marriage is a human right. No one has the right to indulge in crude, animalistic behaviour for their selfish interest. Secondly, some mistakenly justify that since the church is dogmatic and since the church opposes homosexuality and gay marriage, then taking a stance opposite to the church is broad-minded. But that is also wrong. Broad-mindedness stems from following the dharma of AM and not giving acceptance to crude acts like homosexuality. We are to align our vision with our Ananda Marga and not fall in the group of such so-called open-minded atheists who automatically battle the church on each and every issue. Our stand has nothing to do with either of those camps - neither the church nor the liberal materialists. Only we are to pay heed to Baba's teachings. Sometimes others may agree with us or disagree, but our polestar is Baba and His teachings, not any camp in today's socio-political arena. Thus no one should think that Dadaji is a superhero because he is championing human rights or being open-minded in the name of gay marriage. His situation is not like that. The only reason he has conducted a gay marriage ceremony is because he himself has fallen into the mud of gay relations and in so doing he has lost the path of AM. That is the sole reasoning. We should all work hard to help Dadaji return to his spiritual roots and bring his sadhana back into proper flow. Then he will be alright.
One critical point we must bear in mind: Joining AM means adhering to the ideals of Ananda Marga. That means adopting Parama Purusa as the goal of life and not allowing any mundane allurement to distort our vision. In today's current materialistic society, sex is the main theme of life: sexual satisfaction, sexual gratification, sexual this and sexual that. Needless to say this is totally misguided. The cream of life is spiritual bliss and coming into His divine flow, i.e. serving and pleasing Him. That is the path of human dharma and that is the way of life in AM. We harbour no other goal, especially not a crude one like sensual allurement. If anyone tries to bring gay marriage and homosexual relations as part of AM, then we can no longer be called A'nanda Ma'rga; it will have to became Ka'ma Ma'rga. As we all know, ka'ma in Sankrit refer to the chase after crude physical passions. Here the point is that we cannot change the rules or goal of AM. Ananda Marga is what it is - the blissful path to the Divine. Those who wish to indulge in lowly sexual pursuits like homosexuality will either have to reform their ways or go elsewhere. Because AM has its stated purpose and all those in AM must follow accordingly. AM was built for bhagavad dharma - not any other purpose. Consider this: Our jagrtis are for spiritual enlightenment and as soon as one of our jagritis becomes a place where drugs are sold then it has to be called a hashish house, not a jagrti. Because that is not the intended purpose of that jagrti. Likewise, as soon as crude homosexual relations are allowed into AM, then it is no longer Ananda Marga. It will have to be called something else because AM was put in place with a specific purpose in mind. AM is for the attainment of Parama Purusa. That is our goal, not any mundane fancy. Carnal pleasures are not our goal in AM. Yet that is the endpoint of all crude sexual dealings like homosexuality. Suffice to say here that homosexuality and Ananda Marga cannot co-exist under the same roof. Those indulged in homosexuality are our patients not our followers.
By Baba's grace He has given us a clear-cut vision in life: a direct line to the Supreme. We should not - nay must not - let any intrusion, like gay marriage & lustful sexual dealings, become accepted in our Marga. Even if one Dada - any Dada or Didi, does it, it only means that is their personal inclination. It does not mean that is now part of Ananda Marga. AM is made up of Baba's teachings - not anything else. Not the lustful wanderings of any worker etc. We should keep our mind on the Polestar and move onwards. Baba says, "The only way to attain salvation is through self-knowledge, and for this one requires pure conduct in the external world, pure thought in the mental world, and whole-hearted surrender to the Supreme Entity – the shelter of all, the one who is hidden in each and every entity – as the polestar of one’s life." (NSS, Disc: 16) Namaskar, Pradiip
As many of you probably already know. The Dada involved in this gay marriage fiasco in Suva sector is Dada Pranakrsnananda. He is very senior so it is a shame to see him fall in this way and become so confused about his role in life. This is no way for any respected avadhuta to behave.
These following letters address many other aspects to this issue of homosexuality. In AM our stance is quite clear, but those trying to drag such things into our AM way of life have all kinds of justifications. They are slow to learn due to their attachments, so it then becomes the need of the day to address the issue multiple times in numerous ways. Because such people who have affinity for homosexuality have their own outlook that is different from Baba's teachings.
************************************************* Allopathic Medicines Not Good
Baba says, "When people take allopathic medicine to cure a disease, the medicine disturbs the ecological balance of the body because more negative microvita get concentrated at the point of the disease. Allopathic medicines do not kill diseases -- diseases die by their own natural death. Although the medicine may check the disease, the increased concentration of negative microvita can overcome the effect of the medicine. In fact, the increased concentration of negative microvita caused by allopathic medicines creates many new types of diseases, and due to this, two or three new diseases are presently being created every decade. So what is the solution to this problem? Our approach should be two fold-- external and internal. Externally we should take medicines to check diseases, but internally we should perform spiritual practice." (MVNS, p.136)

Difference Between Half & Full Sadhana

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:46:42 To: Subject: Difference Between Half & Full Sadhana From: Jiivendra Baba PS Intro: This song describes the feeling of one higher stage of devotional realization. "Prabhu, toma'y kii kahibo a'ro..." P.S. 447 Purport: Baba, oh Prabhu, I love You so much. How can I express the deep love of my heart to You. Words alone fail to describe the feeling. With my vocal chords I cannot express the grace which You have showered on me. Baba, You have permanently drenched me in Your ahetuki krpa'. Since I have gotten You in my life, my life has become meaningful. I do not have any other type of longing in my mind except You. Baba, by Your grace, my mind is running always towards You & You alone. Baba, You have made my life blissful, in all the ways. It is just as if my whole existence is full of nectar. O' my dearmost, the cimmerian darkness has vanished from my life; those black days have gone far, far away. There is no longer any trace of them. This has all happened since the divine effulgence descended in my life by Your grace. Baba, according to Your tune, melody, and rhythm, I am dancing. My days and nights and my entire life has become just like one bouquet of songs. Not even a wee-bit of dilemma or confusion is existing in my life. By Your infinite grace my mind is perfectly straight. This is all because of Your boundless karuna'. Baba, my whole existence-- my body, mind, and prana-- is vibrating with the spiritual waves which You have generated by Your sweet touch. Baba, I have gotten You by Your grace. You have graced me immensely. Baba, I fully surrender myself at Your lotus feet...
Namaskar, In our AM approach, sadhana is looked upon as the cream of all our practices. It is the greatest endeavour of our human existence. And of course per Baba's divine teaching we all practice our meditation lessons twice daily, at minimum. This is His Supreme Command as well as the nectar of our spiritual life. In our daily lives it cannot be denied however that we have innumerable duties to attend to and countless tasks to perform. Sometimes it can seem as though our worldly responsibilities are endless-- or nearly so. Fortunately, while engaging in these occupations we can keep the mind vibrated in His thought by doing half-sadhana. That is another one of our jewels of meditation. So even though we may not be able to close our eyes and sit for meditation each and every minute of each and every day, through the practice of half-sadhana we can keep that sweet spiritual flow in tact, by His grace.
Of course all acknowledge the great value of sadhana. However still there is a certain trend in AM where some think about doing sadhana without ever really sitting down to do meditation. That is they read about sadhana or talk with others about spirituality etc, but they never seem to get the time to really sit down and immerse the mind in long, silent sadhana sessions. For them it remains just a dream only. This happens to some in our Marga. Here below Baba gives the teaching that just reading and talking about spiritual discourses will not bring one closer to the Goal, to Him. To gain success in spiritual life one must commit themselves to the practice of sadhana.
"Na'yama'tma' balahiinema labhyah..."
Baba says, "The A'tma'n cannot be attained by the immoralist or the materialist.And the one who listens to learned discourses or reads the scriptures in the hope of realizing the A'tma'n with the help of keen intellect will surely be disappointed." "How can one know the A'tma'? The answer is, by performing spiritual practice (sa'dhana') with devotion and sincerity. For human beings spiritual practice in individual life is mandatory. Without sa'dhana' one cannot expect to make any progress. If one learns the secrets of spiritual practice from a learned preceptor and practices regularly one will realize intuitively the existence of the Supreme Cognitive Faculty." (TK-3) So, according to Baba, dedicated & sustained efforts in the discipline of meditation are needed in order to advance along the spiritual path. Without sadhana progress is impossible. And here again in the following passage Baba emphasizes the need to deeply engage in sadhana if one hopes to get Him. Baba says, "To realize Him one must direct all one's sentiments and propensities - in fact the entire psychic flow with its integral outlook - towards one's inner existence. Only on this path of supreme synthesis can human beings attain the Supreme Entity and transcend the bondages of pain and pleasure, old age, death, etc." (APH-5) Thus in so many ways we can see that sadhana is the key aspect for spiritual growth and development. And without doing deep sadhana, one will never really feel His sweet grace. That is Baba's teaching.
And sure enough, sadhana is the main ingredient of our spiritual lives. Plus it has to be recognised that in our AM sadhana we follow a very systematic approach. In our twice daily meditation, we close the eyes, fold back the tongue, and shut down the external senses through the practice of pratyhara-- by performing the three shuddhis as we embark on our meditation. And ultimately we bring the mind to one particular point, cultivate that great devotional feeling of loving Him, and ensconce the mind in the repetition of our mantra. When doing first lesson then the mind is immersed in the ista cakra and when doing dhyana the mind is absorbed in Guru cakra. This every practitioner of sahaja yoga understands. And in a nutshell this is how we approach our regular sadhana practice.
Of course, from morning till night we have so many other worldly plans and programs to attend to. In that case the practice of half-sadhana is invaluable. Because this can be done anytime throughout the day since in half-sadhana the eyes remain open. Exactly when is it that we can do half-sadhana? While walking, cooking, driving, washing clothes, doing errands, commuting, cleaning, and innumerable times throughout the day. So half-meditation is quite a handy approach. And while here we will go through the various aspects of half-meditation, the chief difference between full sadhana and half-sadhana is that in half-meditation we do not keep the mind fixed on a particular cakra. Reason being that in half-meditation we are involved in various worldly works so the eyes must remain open, not closed, in which case keeping the mind introverted at a particular point is not really possible.
As you probably already know, when doing half-sadhana using our ista mantra then we skip over the shuddhis that we normally do in first lesson and go right into the phase of cultivating that devotional longing for Baba. And then with the eyes open we repeat our ista mantra, not necessarily concentrating on any particular cakra. Just however one feels comfortable one should engage in their mantra japa and generate that sweet link with Him-- all the while keeping one's eyes open and attending to their worldly duties. Our approach to doing half-dhyana is similar. Here again we bypass the shuddhis and delve right into the devotional flow, cultivating that yearning and longing for Him. And then we start repeating our dhyana mantra again and again, feeling His divine presence all around us. Since the eyes are open and we are not focused on any particular cakra, then we can think that He is watching all our movements. Or we can think that we are just moving through the day with Him right by our side. The main point being that He is along with us and we are repeating our dhyana mantra-- tangibly feeling His sweet presence.
One other aspect of half-sadhana that is different from full sadhana is that in half-sadhana the mantra need not be coordinated with the breath. Rather one can just go on repeating the mantra at any pace they like-- fast or slow, irregardless of one's breathing pattern. In this practice, both fast and slow mantra repetition have their distinct benefits. On this point everyone can experiment.
So this is our basic approach in half-sadhana. Since we are all sadhakas then most if not all of these points are not new to any of us. Even then perhaps this reminder will help enable us to do this devotional practice more and more throughout the day. For it is the practice that makes it real & blissful. Just knowing about intellectually but not doing it leaves the mind dry & barren. Thus as we engage in our practice of half-meditation then all are encouraged to write in with any new points which they discover-- or just describe the feeling that comes when doing half-meditation. Reflect on what way it changes the day. One other thing that sadhakas often find is that by doing half-sadhana regularly throughout the day then when they sit down for their full meditation then their mind quickly immerses in that flow-- making the shuddhis almost effortless and the practice of mantra japa blissful. So that is another wonderful benefit of half-meditation-- it complements our twice daily full sadhana practice.
Whether we are talking about half-meditation or full meditation, one thing is certainly proven: That meditation is only for the brave. This is Baba's divine guideline.
"Na'yama'tma' balahiinena labhyo..."
Baba says, "Those who are weak, i.e., who have neither spiritual nor mental force, do not achieve intuitional knowledge. The timid and cowardly remain remote from Brahmabha'va or cosmic ideation." (SS-2, p.46) So it is only the courageous who immerse their minds in the practice of sadhana and get that divine bliss; while those who are meek or wishy-washy types just gossip about doing sadhana. By practicing half-sadhana and by adhering to His supreme command of twice daily meditation, we actively immerse ourselves in His thought and proceed towards that Cosmic Nucleus thereby getting His divine touch, by His grace.
In bestowing upon us the practice of dharma sadhana, Baba has truly showered His greatest blessing on us all. May we realise Him fully. Baba says, "When the mind transcends the barriers of intellect the realization dawns in human beings that they cannot reach the abode of the Supreme Entity through material science or philosophy, but through intuition alone. Supreme blessedness lies in the unfoldment of intuition. Those who are graced with intuition, even though they may be totally illiterate, can reach the Supreme rank, thereby establishing themselves in a state of perennial blessedness. The greatest pandits, however, become lost in the labyrinth of logic, and even though they try to find a way out, they finally attain nothing." (AMIWL-9, p.640) Namaskar, Jiivendra
Here below Baba is guiding us that He can only be attained through the practice of sadhana-- not by high-sounding talks etc. Baba says, "You cannot get that Supreme Entity by tall talk. Na medhaya´ - Not by your intellect. Na bahuna´ shrutena - Nor by reading or going through so many books or lectures...Do your sa'dhana', do your sa'dha'na', do your sa'dhana'...Get it by doing sa'dhana'." (AV-23, p.23-4)
Baba has blessed us with a perfect system of meditation and by doing all the lessons on a regular basis then we are sure to attain success-- never to be defeated. Baba says, "You have learnt a well-ordered system of meditation and other spiritual practices based on dharma. If any individuals or groups, however powerful they may be, try to suppress you or even succeed in suppressing you, they are bound to be destroyed. History has witnessed many such a downfall in the past. No one has ever been victorious or will ever be victorious by opposing dharma. March ahead with your own strength, march with firm steps and your head held high. Always remember that when dharma is with you, whoever will oppose you will be razed to the ground - their destruction is a must." (AV-4)
********************************** Brave Persons
Baba says, "Do not remain worried about your individual problems at all. Be prepared to carry your own burden and be prepared also to carry the burdens of others. Then alone are you brave. Be dagdhabiija. Everyone has their own individual problems. Do not try to pass them on to others. On the contrary, bear the burdens of others. No one is your enemy. Be ready to bear the burdens of others." (AV-30, p.4)

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